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Formula One drivers to get more protection

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On Thursday in Barcelona, Ferrari took to the race track to test its new halo cockpit protection system, designed to offer more protection for the F1 driver.

Ferrari tested the new safety technology during F1 testing Barcelona on Thursday. Kimi Raikkonen, a Finland-born F1 driver, has become the first F1 driver to test the halo cockpit protection system.

Raikkonen said that the new halo offers a slightly different driving experience, and that the F1 team has enough room to make it much better.

Unlike other fully-closed cockpit technology, which has been introduced in the past, Ferrari’s new halo cockpit protection system allows relatively straightforward extrication of a driver should they be involved in an accident.

It features a single column down the center of the driver’s seat, which is believed to shield F1 drivers from flying debris like the one that killed Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn during qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The FIA, Formula One’s governing body, has already undertaken significant amount of research in this area, and has looked largely at the drivers helmets and cockpits technology in an attempt to increase safety in the race track.

Representative from five Formula One teams have already meet with FIA safety expert Andy Mellor in London on Thursday to discuss about the planned integration of the Ferrari’s new halo cockpit protection system into the 2017 rules package.

Ferrari is not alone in pursuing this kind of research, other teams are also on the hunt for the next safety protection technology. Red Bull Racing is also working on this area and has already submitted design study for a canopy alternative.

“Red Bull is making another submission for a canopy that we believe will be a safer option. It’s more of a canopy than a halo. But it needs to be tested, which hopefully can be done very quickly,” said RBR team boss Christian Horner, via the Autoweek.

“We have a committed a design study on evolving the FIA’s theme, and we feel there’s a viable solution,” added by Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, via the Autoweek.

Picture Courtesy: Eigenes Bild/Wikimedia Commons

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